Creativity

The drive to be creative.

  • Point of View and Character Development,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    Karma and Character Development

    Karma’s a bitch!” We hear that all the time. Somebody does something good, they get good karma. Something bad happens to someone, it’s because they have bad karma. It’s justice, retribution and balancing the scales of right and wrong.   Right?   Wrong!   Karma is commonly understood to mean our actions, words or deeds and their outcomes. But I believe that this interpretation is specious. Karma’s more profound than that.   Believers in spirituality come a little closer. For them, karma refers to the spiritual circle of cause and effect, often called the “Principle of Karma”, wherein intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that…

  • Humour,  Memoirs,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    Showing Off

    Entrepreneurs (and if we want to be published, we writers are all entrepreneurs aren’t we?) are often told, “Face your fear, get over yourself, just do it.”   But it sometimes helps to look at the fear and figure out exactly what it is that we’re afraid of.   Recently, I was challenged to post some of my own memoir pieces, short stories, here on my blog — in particular, a story about my short-lived career as a shoplifter at age 6.   Immediately, I felt reluctant. I didn’t want to, not because I thought it wasn’t any good, but because I didn’t want to show off.   Which is a…

  • Productivity,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions,  Writers and Writing

    Perfectionism and Writer’s Block — It’s All About the Baby Steps, Baby!

    This week, I’ve been trying to come up with a riveting blog post idea and I’ve spent nearly two hours dithering, avoiding the problem. Rather than picking one of the hundreds of topics I’ve collected for times like this, I logged onto Joseph Michaels’  UnChained Writers, my favourite online chat group for writers, where I knew I would find others who’d understand and commiserate when I whined and complained about how stuck I was feeling.   “Why do we do that to ourselves?” I said, and gave myself a little pep talk…“Okay, goofball! Just pick one and run with it. Something will come out of it, even if it’s not…

  • Point of View and Character Development,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    Lying to Yourself — Self-Integrity 101

    “This above all: to thine own self be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare, “Hamlet” Self-integrity What does it mean?    Is it the meaning of the Shakespeare quote above, or does it mean something more, something deeper?   Perhaps it’s our conscience, speaking to us in the “still, small voice” about right and wrong. Perhaps it’s our core values telling us about our most profound self-identity. Or perhaps it’s a limiting belief, attempting to keep us safe in trying times or confusing circumstances.   Or maybe it’s a lot simpler than any of those. Maybe…

  • Point of View and Character Development,  Prompts,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    “Kindness is Never Wasted” — Anonymous

    At this time of year, most people’s focus is on Valentine’s Day, and while romantic love is a valid point of interest, there’s another point I think makes a lot more sense for us to celebrate.   February 17th is “Random Acts of Kindness Day”, and to my mind, is a much more relevant and valuable quality of being, as well as a better focus for our behaviour.  In fact, why limit it to one day a year?  Why not build a habit of doing one kind thing for others every day?   Think about it…when we engage in an act of kindness, either as giver or receiver, we experience…

  • Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    There but for the grace of God

    In the past, we’ve discussed the concept of emotional layering, and I’ve been exploring the realm of layered emotions in depth for the past few days.   Last week, my mentor, Joseph Michael, The Scrivener Coach, asked me to help with the live accountability sessions on his membership site, Unchained Writer. These online accountability meetings are live writing sessions where writers show up and write together on their various projects. It’s a way to share our writing journey each day within a tight-knit, friendly community, one that understands the perils and tribulations of being a writer.   Little did I know when I agreed, what lay in store.   It started…

  • Productivity,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    What Comfort Zone Can I Step Out Of Today?

    On a Jim Fortin podcast this week, I heard the phrase, “What comfort zone can I leave today?” This really resonated with me.   To leave a comfort zone means we need to change, and that’s not an easy thing to do.  We like our status quo.  It’s comfortable.  We understand it.  It’s not challenging or painful or hard.  We love our routines. I’m reminded of the hermit crab. This little guy carries around the empty shell of another creature as his home and his protection, but whenever he grows too big for his current shell, he must find another, larger one and take a leap of faith that he’ll be…

  • Point of View and Character Development,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    Just Who Do You Think You Are?

    One rainy day many years ago, while I was still in college, I was stomping along the street, resentful and annoyed, on the way to buy some milk since nobody at the house had even considered what happens when you use up the last few drops. Somehow, it always ended up being I who ran these little errands, and I was sick and tired of it. Suddenly, out of the blue, I heard a voice in my head say, “I am me.”   Wait, I thought and stopped walking. What does that even mean — I am me? I know that. Who else could I be? The words held vague overtones of self-awareness, integrity,…

  • Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions,  Writers and Writing

    Creative Cross-Pollination

    Recently, in an online chat group, a friend of mine posted this quote:     “My work is not merely about making and achieving a final product to wear or hang. They are my journey, my feelings, and my stories.” — Reiza Wahid   I think that could apply to any of our creative efforts. It’s not just the destination. It’s the journey, the learning, the transformation.   My friend went on to say, “It’s hard to explain that my diaries and origami give me such joy when there’s not much productive to show at the end.  Transformation is the key – transformation of us and who we are.”  …

  • Creativity,  Productivity,  Thoughts, Opinions and Philosophical Discussions

    Daydreaming as an Art Form

    “Idle minds are the devil’s research-and-development department.” — Robert Stacy McCain   Daydreaming, a definition: noun  The activity of thinking about pleasant things that you would like to do or have happen to you, instead of thinking about what is happening now.   Daydreaming appears to be the brain’s default setting when no other external task is occupying its attention.   For years, those of us who spent hours inside our own heads were considered time-wasters, dreamers who couldn’t live in the “real world”, unsuited for the practical requirements of daily living.     We were called Procrastinators and we were taught to wake up and smell the coffee, stop dithering, get back to work and all the other sensible, pragmatic advice that goes along…